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Grading Panel

Please note: Any EKF Members wishing to register and buy their Dan grade certificate will need go through their Head Of Association, who will then contact Chris Thompson to arrange registration.

Added June 2010: Click here for an Application for Registration of EKF Dan Grades and ordering Certificates (updated 1st February 2017)

The Board of the EKF have agreed to establish a Technical Grading Panel (TGP) which will enable members to achieve a senior Dan grade.

The minimum age a person can be EKF registered as a 1st Dan is 16 years, under that age they are considered to be junior Dan grades.

All 1st Dan grades and above who are aged 18 or over are required to be registered with the EKF (no cost). EKF Dan Grade Certificates are available at a cost option.

1st Dan minimum age 16 years

  1. 2 Dan minimum 2 years between grade
  2. 3 Dan minimum 3 years between grade
  3. 4 Dan minimum 4 years between grade
  4. 5 Dan minimum 5 years between grade
  5. 6 Dan minimum 6 years between grade
  6. 7 Dan minimum 7 years between grade
  7. 8 Dan minimum 8 years between grade
  8. 9 Dan minimum 9 years between grade
  9. 10 Dan minimum 10 years between grade

The EKF TGP consists of selected senior representatives of English karate, covering all styles, each panel member has over 35 years experience in karate.

This service has been requested by members, especially Associations whose Chief Instructor do not have the facility for promotion and senior grades who would prefer the option of undergoing a physical examination conducted by an EKF TGP.

The EKF TGP will be geographically dispersed around the country. Such events could follow a member’s course or be held as a scheduled EKF Grading.

It is felt that the criteria for consideration will include the candidate's ability to teach others at an appropriate level and therefore candidates should be prepared to conduct a lesson to demonstrate their ability.

Further details, including anticipated costs, will be available upon request, to EKF members.

For further information, contact Chris Thompson. Email: dangrades@englishkaratefederation.com

FAQs regarding EKF Dan Grade Certification.

1. Am I eligible for a EKF Dan Certificate?

Only EKF Dan Grades with a current EKF Registration Number may apply for an EKF Dan Certificate.

2. What age do I have to be to apply for an EKF Dan Certificate?

These certificates are only issued to students who are 16 years and above.

3. What do I need to do to apply for an EKF Dan Certificate?

The EKF Dan Certificate form can be downloaded from the EKF Website

Click here for an Application for Registration of EKF Dan Grades and ordering Certificates (updated 1st February 2017)

The form must be fully completed.

The EKF registration number must be shown, including the expiry date, the date of birth, address, postcode, full name, current Association name and its initials. The form must show the full history of all previous Dan gradings, ie the date of the grading, the name of the Awarding Examiner and the Awarding Association that issued the certificate.

4. Am I eligible if I was graded by an Association that has never been a member of the English Karate Federation?

If your Association/ Club is now in Full Membership of the English Karate Federation, you can apply for EKF Dan Certification. The Board of the EKF will decide whether your application will be accepted.

5. If I have a Junior Dan Grading awarded to me by my existing Association that is in full membership of the EKF, can I apply for a EKF Dan Certificate?

The Board of the English Karate Federation recognises that Associations may award Dan Gradings to Juniors. However, to receive national recognition, there are strict age criteria:

  • At 16 = Shodan
  • Age 18 = Nidan
  • Age 21 = Sandan

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